2012 NFL Draft: The Best Fit for the Detroit Lions at Every Position

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2012 NFL Draft: The Best Fit for the Detroit Lions at Every Position
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With the NFL Draft almost upon us, and front office personnel stating their vague but meaningful rhetoric on a near-daily basis, Detroit Lions fans have hopefully come to an important realization: no position is out of play.

It may not be in the first round, but the Lions could draft pretty much any position. In fact, a failure to keep every position in play at all times is a sure sign of a shortsighted, poorly-run front office.

That doesn't mean the Lions don't have needs. Quite the opposite, in fact. It means they have more needs than most recognize. Those needs might be for immediate starters, or they might be for depth players or to fill roles in coming years, but they exist in some capacity nonetheless.

So if no position is off-limits, then who should the Lions take at each position? This is a list of the best possible picks for the Lions based on skill set, scheme background and approximate draft position.

In other words, while workout warrior DT Dontari Poe might be a good fit for the Lions, they'd have to draft him in the first round (if at all) to get him, and it doesn't make sense for them to draft that position at that time, so he's not the pick. Same goes for, say, Ryan Tannehill. That logic is applied to all positions.

With that said, let's move to the position you're all probably wondering about first...

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